Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



Oct 24, 2014
This week's theme
Words formed by metathesis (a transposition of sounds)

This week's words
mullion
sprattle
brummagem
pernancy
girn

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

girn

PRONUNCIATION:
(gurn)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To snarl, grimace, or complain.
noun: A grimace or snarl.

ETYMOLOGY:
By transposition of the word grin, from Old English grennian (to show teeth). Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
"At seventy-five or eighty I will be like a child myself, frail and cantankerous, a girning, burdensome old devil."
Jessica Stirling; The Wind from the Hills; St Martin's Press; 1999.

See more usage examples of girn in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Sponsored by:

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith